Homecoming

A family with the 13th Sustainment Command is reunited last week after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

More than 200 soldiers from Fort Hood’s 13th Sustainment Command came home last week following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, where they provided logistical support for operations in Iraq and other areas.

The troops landed at Fort Hood close during the overnight hours on Aug. 24, and were given a warm welcome from family and friends who had gathered at the Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

The homecoming followed a transfer of authority ceremony last month in Kuwait, where the 13th turned over its duties to the 4th Sustainment Command.

The “Army Reserve unit based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, becomes the operational command post to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, with the mission to sustain U.S. and allied forces throughout the entire U.S. Central Command region,” according to a news release from the 4th.

During the transfer ceremony, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Jones, commander of the 4th, praised the 13th Sustainment for a job well done and declared his soldiers “ready and united as one team” to take over the vital sustainment mission.

“You are soldiers of great character and determination who represent the best of our Army,” Jones said to his soldiers. “And above all, you are professional soldiers who I am proud to serve with.”

Jones concluded by thanking family members back home whose support and sacrifices, he said, make it possible for soldiers to serve in the defense of the nation.

Maj. Gen. Paul Hurley, commander of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, spoke about the difficulties inherent to logistics and the challenges of sustaining the force.

“But we have the right unit, at the right place, at the right time heading the charge,” he said.

“First TSC relies heavily on (Army Reserve sustainment units) to perform its missions, and they are an integral part of our team,” said Hurley. “The skills that Reserve soldiers have gained throughout more than a decade of war are vital to our success and they will continue to be at the forefront in the success of the Army as a whole.”

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